Newsletter #12 03/09/2019

Principal’s Report

This edition of the School Newsletter highlights a number of memorable events and activities that have been offered to our students and school community over the past three weeks. Enjoy the collage of photos. In addition, our school is expanding the opportunities we offer our students with the announcement below of two new exciting initiatives.

Maharishi School Exclusively Invited to Launch Exciting New Sporting Program
Athletics Australia is excited to be launching a new athletics program in the community in the coming months. The new program focusses on encouraging physical activity and building skills in a fun and inclusive way. The program will be tailored to children aged 5 to 12. Our school has developed a wonderful relationship with Athletics Australia over the last few years so they have chosen Maharishi School to be the school that is included in all their promotional material as part of the launch of this new program.

In preparation for the launch, Athletics Australia will be conducting a photography and video session with a professional photographer. They are looking to capture images and video of our students participating in the program for use in upcoming advertising campaigns. The photo shoot will produce a library of amazing images and video content that will be used to tell the story of the new program. The resulting photos will be used for commercial purposes by Athletics Australia including but not exclusive to the following:
Students of Years 1-6 will be bringing home a letter and Media Release Form for you to give your consent for your child’s involvement in this exciting initiative.

Website Brochures and flyers Digital Advertisements Social media Channels
Newspapers Coach instructional videos Signage and marketing displays Annual Reports

Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) Public Speaking Competition
The Debaters’ Association of Victoria has invited our school to attend the 2019 DAV Primary School Public Speaking Competition which I have accepted as a way to further enhance the opportunities we provide to our students.

Only two students (Yr 5 & Yr 6) could be entered per school so after I enjoyed running a few lunchtime sessions with the Emeralds students, Maeve Jones and Olive Bovell were chosen. This opportunity will help them develop their public speaking skills by presenting one prepared speech (3-4 mins) and two impromptu speeches (1-2 mins). A training session will be given prior to the impromptu speeches, and they will receive high quality feedback from experienced adjudicators, as well as the opportunity to watch fellow speakers. The program aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school.

I will accompany Maeve and Olive to the competition this Thursday where they will present their speech topic “From Little Things Big Things Grow”. The girls have both embraced this opportunity to work with me, Ms Russell and their parents. Their chosen topic will enable them to include a taste of the Consciousness-Based Education curriculum with reference to the SCI Principle “Water the Root to Enjoy the Fruit”. On behalf of the school, we wish them well on this new venture for both of them.

Term 4 Parent/Teacher Interviews
We have changed the scheduling for P/T Interviews this year to enable teachers and parents to review each student’s progress during Term 3 and agree on the strategies between home and school that will be implemented during Term 4 while also reviewing the areas of improvement/enhancement outlined in the student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
From Tuesday 10th September, there will be a table on the verandah outside the General Office each morning and afternoon for parents to complete the “Interview Sign-Up Sheets” for each teacher they wish to meet.

Please note for next term:
Monday 7th October is the Staff Planning Day and Tuesday 8th is P/T Interview Day. These days are both Student-Free Days so students should not attend school. Term 4 begins for students on Wednesday 9th October.

SCI in the Sapphires Class
Our SCI principle this week is Purification Leads to Progress. The Sapphires took part in a water filtration experiment where they used a variety of materials such as sand, gravel, coffee filters and paper towel to purify very dirty water into very clean water. Although it was a successful experiment, we decided the filtered water was still not ‘drinkable’ and realised how lucky we are to live in a country with such beautiful, clean drinking water.
SRC – End of Term
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is organising a “Footy Colours Day” on the last day of term, Friday 20th September. Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day is a national fundraising campaign held during the month of September to support kids living with cancer. Schools, workplaces, groups and clubs across Australia have been encouraged to wear their favourite footy team’s colours and host an event to raise much-needed funds. Every dollar raised supports Fight Cancer Foundation’s education programs to help kids with cancer continue with their education during treatment and recovery. We invite students and all members of our school community to dress up in their favourite footy or sports colours when at school on that day and donate to this worthy cause.

Term 4 Tennis
Our popular After-School Tennis Coaching Program at the Keon Park Tennis Club is returning in Term 4. Information and consent forms will be sent home with the students so please complete the forms to secure your child’s place in the program. The Tennis Program will take the place of Homework Club each Wednesday, beginning 16th October.

School Uniform Transition Period (Winter to Summer)
Beginning next week is the transition period where, depending on the weather, students have the option to wear either their Winter or Summer Uniform (the school hat must be worn when Summer Uniform is worn).
Sports Uniform Days will continue to be Wednesday and Friday.
*Note 1: Next Thursday 12th is a special Sports Uniform Day for the launch of the Athletics Australia Program. (Yrs 1-6)
*Note 2: Diamonds and Emeralds students should wear their Winter Uniform on Monday for their excursions.

Key Dates
Wed 4th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Thurs 5th Sept DAV Public Speaking Competition
Fri 6th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Student Lunch Day
Swimming Program (1.00-3.00pm)
Mon 9th Sept Emeralds Excursion – Koorie Heritage Trust Trail
Diamonds Excursion – Cook’s Cottage
Wed 11th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Thurs 12th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Athletics Australia Program Launch (9.30am-1.00pm)
Fri 13th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Student Lunch Day
Swimming Program (1.00-3.00pm)
Wed 18th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) Homework Club (3.30-5.00pm)
Fri 20th Sept (Sports Uniform Day) SRC Footy Colours Day
Student Lunch Day
Swimming Program (1.00-3.00pm)
Mon 7th Oct Staff Planning Day (Student-Free Day)
Tues 8th Oct P/T Interview Day (Student-Free Day)
Wed 9th Oct (Sports Uniform Day) Term 4 Begins for Students
Wed 16th (Sports Uniform Day) After-School Tennis Coaching Program Begins (Keon Park Tennis Club)

Book Week – Character Dress-Up Day
We experienced a highly engaging and successful Book Week this year.
It was wonderful to see the array of book characters parading around the basketball court on our special “Dress Up Day”.
Thank you to everyone for supporting this annual event that is such an enjoyable day in our school calendar. We would also like to thank our school community for supporting the Book Fair. As well as purchasing what we hope will be greatly appreciated literature chosen by the children, you have also supported the school to grow our library collection with over $400 worth of books to be purchased for our students.

Father’s Day Breakfast
Our thanks go to everyone for your continued support of our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Each year seems to get bigger and better, both in support and in community spirit. The entertainment this year was provided by the Sapphires with their rendition of “Octopus’s Garden” as part of their Term 3 classroom theme “Under The Ocean”.
Our sincere thanks to those who helped make the tea and coffee and arrange the food for the enjoyment of all our fathers, grandfathers and special persons.

Recent Excursions
Last week our Pearls class visited Legoland while our Sapphires visited the Aquarium.
Each class enjoyed a fun-filled day with many memories of their experience shared with all of us on their return.
Next week the Diamonds will visit Cook’s Cottage (Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne) and the Emeralds will complete the Koorie Heritage Trust Trail along the Yarra River from Federation Square.